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Posted at 2:35 PM ET, 03/25/2005

What's On Tap at the Brickskeller

By washingtonpost.com

Last night, I took a trip to the Brickskeller to check out the new draft beer selection.

Yes, the Brickskeller, where the enormous selection of 1,000 different bottled beers (give or take) earned the Dupont Circle saloon a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records as the bar with "the largest selection of commercially available beers."

Until recently, though, the Brick eschewed draft beer, offering one or two selections on weekends along with a cask of real ale, and sending the best kegs over to sister bar R.F.D., which sells 30 to 40 drafts (the city's largest selection). But a recent makeover allowed owners Dave and Diane Alexander to add more lines -- a total of 11 in all -- and they decided to make the most of them.

Physically, not much has changed -- the bar's the same size, but there are now more gleaming taps mounted on top. Four of them weren't working when I stopped in, though Dave expects to have them up and running on Friday. What they did have was excellent -- malty Double Diamond Pub Ale, an English brew I'd never seen on draft in this area; Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, which isn't as dense as Guinness but just as drinkable, thanks to a roasted chocolate taste, but it's rarely found in Washington in bottles, let alone flowing from a tap.

Magic Hat #9, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Ayinger Celebrator, Gouden Carolus Triple, and Lindemans Framboise -- a raspberry Lambic beer -- complete the lineup.

Dave says that they'll be putting more cask-conditioned real ales on, too. First up: a cask of George Gales Festival Mild, a truly wonderful English ale.

At the moment, the Brickskeller's upstairs bar is open Wednesday through Saturday, with Tuesday hours to be added soon.

-- Fritz

By washingtonpost.com  | March 25, 2005; 2:35 PM ET
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Note to all other "gurus": Please use this post as a model for content and naming. It's not only named in such a way as to describe the post, but gets to the point and then provides more info for the stalwart reader.

Posted by: Here's a Hint | March 28, 2005 2:08 PM | Report abuse

This is great news.

Posted by: Smickies | March 29, 2005 3:16 PM | Report abuse

DC beer lovers who travel should check out the chain of "Flying Saucer" pubs in Texas and the South. They give Brickskeller a run for bottle beer selection, and have many more on tap. www.beerknurd.com

Posted by: Beer Fan | March 30, 2005 12:25 PM | Report abuse

210 beers isn't really a patch on 1,000, is it?

Posted by: Not really | March 30, 2005 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I'd also recommend The Gingerman, another great draft beer bar in Houston and Austin, and possibly other spots...

Posted by: Texians | March 30, 2005 2:57 PM | Report abuse

With the exception of Double Diamond Pub Ale and perhaps Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, most of these are available at various places in DC already. And, knowing RFD, it didn't surprise me that not all of the taps were working. I have went to RFD four times for their cask conditioned ale and every time their pumps were either not working, or they were out of ale.

Posted by: Nothing new | March 30, 2005 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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